Itís Augustís version of Christmas Eve for Texas sports fans.
The Waxahachie Indians will begin their fall practices at 6:30 a.m. Monday as they join every team in the state as they get closer to football season.
Some teams started last week, but all the local 4A and 5A teams will begin three weeks of preparation before the season begins Aug. 30.
As practices get set to begin Monday, the Indians are still looking to fill several holes on the team.
The quarterback issue got a little more competitive this summer when Avery Jackson returned to town and threw his helmet into the ring for the starting signal caller position.
Jackson will be fighting for snaps with senior Peyton Stewart, junior Selwyn Robbins and freshman Max McCulloch. Stewart hasnít played quarterback since the fall ended due to a hand injury. Robbins and McCulloch split reps in the spring and most of the 7-on-7 season. McCulloch and Jackson got the reps towards the end of the 7-on-7 season.
The team will also be looking for three bodies to protect whoever the quarterback is. Patrick Lawrence and Adrian Zavala are going to be the anchors. Zavala is moving to center from guard and Lawrence, a Baylor University commit, will hold down the blindside.
A couple of guys to look out for on the line are Zach Hicks and Timothy Crownover. They both have big bodies that will be great at protecting whoever the quarterback is.
The Indiansí defensive line could be the strongest part of the team as Lawrence is taking reps on that side. A couple of other players at the defensive front to keep your eyes on are Rudolfo Maldonado and Sammi Overton. Both are still only questionable to play this season due to off the field issues, but if they become eligible, the defensive front can be strong.
The defensive backs will be strong again thanks to Quinn Sargent getting time at safety and the emersion of Rashawn Moser, who will be a junior this year. He said in the spring he wants to get an interception a game this year.
The linebacker corps will be mostly new faces after three regulars there graduated and another moved. A couple of players to look at are Dustin Short and Henri Dally. Both will be entering their senior season and havenít had much playing time yet.
The running back position for the Indians will be handled primarily by Trevone Smith, who will be a sophomore this year. He played fantastic in the spring and will look to carry that over into the season.
Summer goes by so fast and now itís hard to believe that the Indians and Midlothian Panthers will square off just 20 days away to kick off the 2013 season.